EXCERPT: 'It's All Too Much, So Get It Together'

People have lots of different thoughts and feelings when it comes to their clutter. Some are aware of their clutter. Some are too aware of their clutter. For some people their clutter is so overwhelming that they think it can't be dealt with. Or maybe it's so overwhelming that they can't bear to think about it at all! (I've known adults who were so overwhelmed by all the clutter they'd collected that they bought an ENTIRELY NEW HOUSE so that they would not have to clean up the first one. I am not even kidding!) Some people mistakenly think that only certain types of people can be organized, and that if they're not organized already, well, then there's no point in even trying! But I am here to tell you that no matter how bad it is, no matter how unmanageable it seems, it can get done. It will get done. And when it gets done, your life will be profoundly changed for the better. And I can help.

But this book is about a lot more than just cleaning and about a lot more than just decluttering and about a lot more than just getting organized.

In fact, really, what this book is about is you.

It's about who you are and who you want to be, what you want from your life and how you can best go about getting it. It's about you and your life and your stuff and how all of those things can work together more harmoniously. But more on that later. Much more on that later.

Some of the stuff that you're going to be asked to do on the pages that follow might feel like work. I won't lie. But I also promise it will be fun. I mean, maybe not winning-the-lottery fun, or being-crowned-prom-queen fun, or bungee-jumping fun (if you're into that sort of thing), but still . . . fun. (Besides, it'll definitely be better than taking a biology midterm, getting one of your teeth removed, hosting a party for twenty-five screaming five-year-olds, farting loudly in front of your entire class, farting quietly in front of someone you have a crush on, or bungee jumping [if you're scared of heights]). And unlike some of the stuff that you're supposed to learn in school that miiiight not seem like it's going to be super useful for the future, the stuff you're about to learn will actually help you for the rest of your life. Starting right now . . .

How do I know? Because I've gone into hundreds of people's homes—adults, kids, teens—and helped them change their lives. Make no mistake: I don't do it for them. I just give them the tools to do it themselves. I've seen their smiling faces, and I've heard the relief in their voices as they tell me how by doing things very similar to what you'll be taught to do in this book, their lives have been changed—they've gotten happier, their relationships have gotten better, they've felt more relaxed and less stressed, and they've been equipped to reach all the goals they have for their lives.

But first, back up. You're probably wondering who I am, and why exactly it is that so many people have let me come into their homes and let me poke around in their stuff. Not only let me, but invited me, and sometimes not only me but entire film crews, so that we could broadcast the most private bits of their homes on national TV. Why?

Well, that's a very good question. My name is Peter Walsh, and I'm a professional organizer.

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